A Year of the Tao – Day Eighteen

“Hold on to your center: Man was made to sit quietly and find the truth within.”  From A New Way of Thinking, A New Way of Being Experiencing the Tao Te Ching)

Be still... still be.


I am a human being, not a human doing.  When I get caught up in the “shoulds” and the “have to’s” and “gotta be’s” that this world flings my way like a monkey throwing its poo, I rapidly lose sight of who I am and why I’m here.

Busyness for busyness sake is akin to the proverbial hamster on an exercise wheel—can hear that insidious commercial that has hamsters telling us which car to drive… “you can go for this, or you can go with that.”  Speaking of wheels… a wheel that loses its center wobbles out of control.  Why do I wonder when my life does the same thing?

Meditation, prayer, silence, stillness, reading, journaling, smiling with my liver—whatever it takes to help me return to that still, small, confident, knowing voice—that’s the business of life.

So I’ll get busy.

Being still.



About Karen Nicholson

“Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.” ~ John Milton Writing about these moments of awe has been a driving force of my life for, well, as long as I can remember. Coupled with a devotion to sunrises and sunsets that defies explanation, a combination of the two seemed like the right thing to do. I welcome you to my world. May it be a blessing to yours.
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2 Responses to A Year of the Tao – Day Eighteen

  1. Betsy Lewis says:

    This message touched me deeply and one that I try to live day to day. Having the gift of time has taught me to relax, breath deeply and be present with myself and my loved ones. I spent many years on the “hamster wheel” thinking I was going somewhere but actually spinning out of control. I learned to let go and let it be. 🙂

  2. Bob Trost says:

    I’m often reminded of two lessons I have learned from friends in various 12-step programs; the Serenity Prayer, and Let go and let God. Work on correcting the wobbles all the time

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